Easter egg Macaroons with The Co-Operative

Easter egg macronsEaster is just around the corner so when The Co-Operative got in touch and offered me some products from their lovely home baking range I was very happy to start thinking about an Easter themed treat for my family. I recently started making macaroons so I decided to attempt egg shaped ones done in multiple colours. I made a template to draw egg shapes on a sheet of baking paper and then made sure to turn the paper over so that the pencil marks don’t transfer to the macaroons.

Making macaroons is actually a lot simpler than you might think – there are just two stages to mixing them and as long as you are careful with the VERY hot sugar syrup mot too much can go wrong. Key points to remember are:

  • Make sure the mixing bowl is completely cool before stopping whisking the meringue
  • Bang the baking tray on the work surface a few times to smooth out the mixture and remove any large bubbles.
  • Allow a skin to form on top of the macaroons before baking them to give a smooth top (about 30 minutes)
  • Once baked slide the baking paper onto the work-surface to cool rather than removing the macaroons straight away.

Ingredients

For the macaroons:

90g Egg whites (total) split into 50g for Italian meringue and 40g for the almond paste.

110g Castor sugar

30ml water (approx)

125g Ground almonds

125g Icing sugar

Food colouring

For the frosting:

80g unsalted butter
250g icing sugar
25ml whole milk
1 and a half tsp vanilla essence

 

Co-op productsMethod

First separate the egg whites into two – 50g  and 40g

  • Place 50g of egg white in a clean mixing bowl – preferably metal and whisk in a stand mixer using a balloon whisk until stiff peaks form and the egg white has roughly doubled in volume. When you are ready to pour in the sugar syrup (next step) to mix the italian meringue keep the mixer on high speed.
  • While the egg white whisks dissolve the 110g of castor sugar in a little water (approx 30ml works for me) in a pan.
    • Heat the sugar syrup on the hob until it reaches 113.5c then remove from the heat and with the stand mixer whisking on high pour the sugar syrup into the whisked egg white. Keep whisking until the outside of the bowl is cool.
  • In a separate bowl mix together the icing sugar and ground almonds before stirring in the remaining unwhisked egg white to form a paste.
  • Fold the meringue into the almond paste adding food colour as desired – to make the eggs I split my mixture into 3 and added green, pink & yellow.
  • Place a sheet of greaseproof paper on a baking tray and draw a series of egg shapes on the back using a cardboard template or cookie cutter.
  • Turn the greaseproof paper over to prevent any ink or pencil mark transferring to the macaroons.
  • Place the macaroon mix into piping bags and snip off the ends, pipe onto the tray.
  • Bang the tray down on the work surface several times to remove any large air bubbles then set aside for half an hour to allow a skin to form on top.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 170c and after a skin has formed on the macar0ons bake for 12 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and place the sheet of baking paper on your work surface to allow them to cool before peeling them off.

For the frosting:

  •  Cream the butter and icing sugar in a free-standing mixer on a low speed it will initally look powdery before becoming a smooth mixture.
  • Mix the vanilla essence with the milk in a separate glass or jug (I use a re-purposed Tommy Tippee cup as it has handy volumes on the side).
  • With the mixture on a low speed slowly add the vanilla milk.
  • Beat the mixture on a high speed for at least 5 minutes
  • Pipe the frosting between the cooled macaroons.

I got lots of lovely products from the co-operative’s baking range including bright spotty cupcake cases that we will be using to make Easter nest cupcakes, and walnuts which will be going into my husband’s Carrot cake birthday cake in a few weeks.  Below are some other fun ideas to try as an Easter centre piece or just to fill a rainy after noon with your kids.

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Make easy Easter nest cupcakes with chocolate frosting and minieggs.

Make a giant Easter nest and decorate an Easter egg as a chicken.

Make a giant Easter nest and decorate an Easter egg as a chicken.

 

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Alice in wonderland birthday cupcakes

Alice cupcakes 1It was my birthday at the start of this month and although my husband offered to buy me a cake I decided that I’d rather make my own. Last year I made a Giant raspberry and peach cupcake so this year I decided to make a series of smaller cupcakes based on an Alice in Wonderland theme. I did 6 designs with 4 cupcakes each making a total of 24 delicious cupcakes for our tea party.

  1. White roses being painted red – made by painting a stripe of red food colouring down the inside of the piping bag.
  2. Cheshire cats – purple and pink frosting piped from the same bag with fondant eyes, ears, mouth and hair added then outlined in black water icing.
  3. Late white rabbits disappearing down the rabbit hole – frosting grass piped with a grass nozzel with a fondant rabbit bottom, watch and flowers. Details added with pink water icing for the rabbit’s toes and with black food colouring on a cocktail stick to make the details of the clock face.
  4. Mad hatter’s tea party- made by laying an over large circle of fondant over buttercream and shaping into a table cloth then adding fondant teapot, cup, hat and spilt tea.
  5. Eat me labeled cakes – Embossing the fondant with a stencil then brushing on edible lustre powder, cutting a circle to fit the cake and smoothing onto frosting to make a dome shape. Fondant labels cut out freehand and labeled Eat Me with black water icing.
  6. Alice in wonderland pinafore bow – A circle of blue fondant on top f frosting then strips of white fondant shaped into a bow placed on top.

To make the cupcakes I used my Easy Vanilla Cupcake Recipe. To make the frosting I used my Vanilla Frosting Recipe.

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Heart shaped macarons

macrons4Macrons (or Macaroons if you prefer) are one of those trendy deserts that I’ve heard of a lot over the last couple of years but have never actually got around to trying – and my trying I don’t just mean baking I mean eating. I could be wrong but I think they started picking up in popularity when the Great British Bake Off chose them as a technical challenge a few years ago. Anyway I’d been meaning to try making them for a while, especially as they use Italian meringue which is something else I’d never tried. Finally, after being asked if I’d made them in January I decided to have a go and dug my ground almonds out of the cupboard where they’d been waiting for the last month or so. The first time I made them I filled them with a pink coloured white chocolate ganache, the second time I chose to use vanilla frosting, both were lovely.

Ingredients

For the macarons:

90g Egg whites (total) split into 50g for Italian meringue and 40g for the almond paste.

110g Castor sugar

30ml water (approx)

125g Ground almonds

125g Icing sugar

Food colouring

For the ganache:

50ml double cream

100g white chocolate

Food colouring

Method

First separate the egg whites into two – 50g  and 40g

  • Place 50g of egg white in a clean mixing bowl – preferably metal and whisk in a stand mixer using a balloon whisk until stiff peaks form and the egg white has roughly doubled in volume. Keep the mixer on high when ready to pour in the sugar syrup to mix the italian meringue.
  • While the egg white whisks dissolve the 110g of castor sugar in a little water (approx 30ml works for me) in a pan.
    • Heat the sugar syrup on the hob until it reaches 113.5c then remove from the heat and with the stand mixer whisking on high pour the sugar syrup into the whisked egg white. Keep whisking until the outside of the bowl is cool.
  • In a separate bowl mix together the icing sugar and ground almonds before stirring in the remaining unwhisked egg white to form a paste.
  • Fold the meringue into the almond paste adding food colour as desired.
  • Place a sheet of greaseproof paper on a baking tray and draw a series of hearts on the back using a cardboard template or cookie cutter.
  • Turn the greaseproof paper over to prevent any ink or pencil mark transferring to the macrons.
  • Place the macron mix into a piping bag and snip off the end, pipe the hearts onto the tray.
  • Bang the tray down on the work surface several times to remove any large air bubbles then set aside for half an hour to allow a skin to form on top.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 170c and after a skin has formed on the macrons bake for 12 minutes.
  • Remove the macrons from the oven and place the sheet of baking paper on your work surface to allow them to cool before peeling them off.
  • For the ganache add food colouring to the double cream and warm slightly to just above room temperature.
  • Melt the white chocolate and add to the double cream stirring until a smooth ganache forms.
  • Pipe the ganache between the cooled macrons.

 

 

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Hidden heart cupcakes for Valentine’s Day

 

VHidden heart valentine's cupcakesalentine’s day is just around the corner and so I’ve been thinking about home made gifts with a romantic theme. Last week I made heart shaped macrons and these easy hidden heart cupcakes. All you need to make them is vanilla cupcake batter and cake cases, a small heart shaped cutter, some red and pink food colouring, some frosting for the top and some sprinkles. I used a basic vanilla cupcake recipe (below). I made the cupcakes in PME red and pink heart cases and decorated them with strawberry flavored frosting, lip shaped sprinkles and chocolate filigree hearts all of which were kindly provided by the Cake Decorating Store for review.

Hidden heart cupcakes ingredients

125g Unsalted butter (softened)
125g Caster sugar
2 Eggs (beaten)
125g Self raising flour
1 tsp Vanilla essence
Splash of whole milk
Red gel food colour
Pink gel food colour

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 170C
  • Grease and line a small cake tin or baking tray with a raised edge.
  • To soften the butter you could simply leave it on the side for an hour, but I always forget so I place it in a microwavable bowl and heat in 10 second bursts, removing and mixing each time. The aim is to soften the butter a little not to melt it. If the butter does melt a little, use a fork to mix it back together with the rest of the butter.
  • In a freestanding mixer cream the softened butter and sugar until smooth.
  • Add the vanilla essence to the beaten egg then slowly add the mixture to the mixer.
  • Gradually add the flour while mixing on a slow speed.

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  • Add the whole milk slowly while mixing by hand until the mixture falls easily from a spoon or spatula.
  • Remove approximately 1/4 of the mixture and place in a separate bowl. Add red food colour to this mixture and spread in a thin layer (about 1cm thick) in your per-greased and lined cake tin or baking tray. don’t worry about reaching the edges of the tin it doesn’t matter what shape you end up with.
  • Bake the red coloured sponge in the preheated oven for about 10 minutes or until the cake is springy to the touch. Remove from the tin and allow to cool.
  • Meanwhile add a little pink to the remaining 3/4 of cake batter.
  • Use the small heart cutter to cut out hearts from the cooled red cake then stand these up in the cake cases. The pink batter in the bottom will support them.
  • Fill around the hearts with the remaining pink cake batter.
  • Bake for approx 20 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.
  • Decorate by swirling the strawberry frosting from a piping bag or spreading with the back of a spoon / pallet knife. Add sprinkles and hearts for a final romantic touch.

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Celebration Cakes and Bakes January ’15

wreath bread 2Happy new year! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas holiday and had chance to do lots of fun festive baking with your families. If you made cookies for Santa, a cake for Christmas day or a showstopping pavlova why not link up below and have a look at some of the other festive entries. Also if you’re baking for a birthday or special occasion this month I’d love to see what you come up with. We were busy over the holidays making everything from gingerbread cookies for Santa to a Christmas wreath cake and a Frozen themed snowflake cake. I also made a Cranberry bread wreath with baked Camembert which was delicious.
If you have a cake or bake to link up please join in the linky below. The rules are simple:

You must have made the bake yourself – no buying from the local cake shop.

It must be a post about making the bake – it doesn’t have to be a full on recipe but it does need to be in the spirit of the thing.

It doesn’t need to be a new post it could be one from last year, but if it’s a seasonal celebration bake it should be appropriate – so no Easter cakes at Christmas, save them for springtime.

Posts must include the Celebration Cakes & Bakes badge (grab the code below)

Please comment on a few of the other entries – remember linkys only work if you spread the linky love!

That’s it everything else is optional.

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Frozen Snowflake and Olaf Cake

Frozen christmas cake 3My daughter loves Frozen and had an entirely Frozen themed birthday party in the summer so I decided that our Christmas cake this year should be Frozen themed as well. I bought a “cake lace” mat with a snowflake design back in June but hadn’t actually used it for the Ice Palace cake so i thought this would be a good opportunity. This cake was a vanilla sponge with hidden blue snowflakes inside and covered in blue fondant. Cake lace snowflakes cover the fondant and Olaf sits beside on the board. His arms and hair are made of tempered chocolate.  The lettering around the cake drum reads “Let it snow” and is decorated with swirls of sugar pearls. Beneath the main cFrozen christmas cupcakes 2ake are Vanilla Cupcakes with blue and purple two toned swirled vanilla frosting.

To make the blue snowflakes I coloured a batch of vanilla cake batter (basically a large batch of my Vanilla Cupcake recipe)blue and baked it in two shallow rectangular baking trays. Once baked and cooled I used a snowflake cutter to cut out the snowflakes.

I mixed enough vanilla cake batter to make a large 9 inch cake. I placed a thin layer of the batter in the base of my greased and lined 9 inch tin then arranged the snowflakes in a circle around inside of the tin. I then filled the remainder of the tin with the cake batter to cover the snowflakes.

 

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Simple Christmas Wreath Cake

Wreath cake 5Here is a simple and effective design for a Christmas cake, whether for a traditional fruit cake or, as in this case, a rich chocolate cake. The design is a holly wreath with hand rolled berries, a hand made red fondant bow and water icing dots around the edge in a diamond / diagonal pattern. The lettering in the middle is red water icing done with a writing nozzle. The only cutter I needed for this was a holly leaf (actually it was a cluster of holly leaves and I separated the leaves with a small knife. The chocolate cake is crumb coated and filled with vanilla frosting then covered in ready to roll white fondant.

For the chocolate cake

400g Plain flour
250g Golden castor sugar
100g Light muscavado sugar
50g Cocoa powder
2 tsp baking powder
1tsp bicarbonate of soda
half tsp salt
3 eggs (beaten)
150ml tub of sour cream
3 tsp vanilla extract
175g unsalted butter (melted)
125ml corn oil
300ml cold water

  • Preheat the oven to 180c.
  • Butter two 8in cake tins and line them with greaseproof paper (this is my least favourite part of baking but so worth it).
  • Place all the dry ingredients in the mixing bowl of a stand mixer (sugars, flour, baking powder, bicarb, cocoa, salt) and mix (by hand) until they are well combined.
  • Melt the butter in a microwave in 10 second bursts and stir to melt completely, avoid overheating it.
  • In a large jug whisk the melted butter with the oil and then add the cold water, continue to whisk, then add to the dry ingredients in the free-standing mixer while mixing at a slow speed.
  • Leave to mix until smooth and in a separate jug or bowl mix the beaten eggs, vanilla extract and sour cream.
  • Add the cream mixture to the mixing bowl and continue to mix slowly until smooth.
  • Split the mixture between the two tins and bake for about 55 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.
  • Cool the cakes on wire racks before icing.

For the Vanilla frosting

160g unsalted butter
500g icing sugar
50ml whole milk
3 tsp vanilla essence

  • Cream the butter and icing sugar in a free-standing mixer on a low speed it will look powdery first before becoming a smooth mixture.
  • Mix the vanilla essence with the milk in a separate glass or jug (I use a re-purposed Tommy Tippee cup as it has handy volumes on the side).
  • With the mixer on a low speed slowly add the vanilla milk.
  • Beat the mixture on a high speed for at least 5 minutes

For the decoration

1 box of ready to roll white fondant icing (enough to cover an 8 inch cake plus extra to colour for the leaves and ribbon).

Non stick mat or greaseproof paper

Green and red food colouring paste

6 inch circle (a tin lid / cutter, loose cake tin base) to mark the top of the cake as a guide for the wreath.

Edible glue (or water)

White water icing thick enough to pipe

Red water icing thick enough to pipe (mde by adding red colouring paste to the wite water icing).

2 x Piping bags- or one and wash it in between the red and white icing.

2x writing nozzles – or one and wash it in between the red and white icing.

Ribbon for the bottom of the cake.

  • Wreath cake 4Fill the cake with the vanilla buttercream then crumb coat the top and sides.
  • Roll out the fondant on a non stick mat (or grease proof paper) until it is large enough to cover an 8 inch cake including the sides.
  • Roll the mat or paper up with the fondant on and flip upside down and unroll onto the cake before carefully peeling off the non stick mat.
  • Gently smooth the fondant around the top and sides and cut off the excess from the bottom with a pizza wheel or sharp knife. Discard any fondant that has cake crumbs on but keep the remainder to make the decorations.
  • Colour some of the remaining fondant green by kneading through the gel colour then roll out the fondant and cut out holly leaves.
  • Use the 6 inch circle (I use the top of my piping nozzle tin) to lightly mark a circle on top of the cake then attach the holly leaves around this circle using either edible glue or water. Be careful if using water as using too much can make the top of the cake sticky and too wet.
  • To make the wreath pattern I made a v shape with two leaves on either side of the marked line all the way around the circle, then added extra leaves at points that the whit icing showed through.
  • Colour the remaining fondant red by kneading through the gel colour then roll out the fondant and using a straight edge cut a long strip to make the ribbon.
    • Cut your long strip of red fondant into 4 equal pieces.
    • Take piece one, fold both ends into the middle to make the loops of the bow and use a spoon handle or similar to separate the top of the loops from the bottom a little to make the loops more bow-like.
    • Take pieces two and three and cut off one end of each at an angle like the end of a ribbon – attach the other ends to the bottom of piece one to make the tails of the bow. Bend the tails slightly to give movement. Use edible glue or water to join the pieces together.
    • Cut a small strip from piece four and use this to make the centre of the bow using edible glue or water to attach it.
    • Place the bow on the wreath. This is now the bottom of the wreath.
    • Use the remainder of piece four and any other left over red fondant to make holly berries. Attach them around the wreath in groups of 1, 2 or 3.
  • Wreath cake 3Mix white water icing adding a teaspoon of water at a time until the icing will hold it’s shape when piped with a writing nozzle.
    • Leaving space for your ribbon at the bottom pipe 4 rows of dots around the side of the cake.
    • Pipe the top two rows together in a zig zag pattern.
    • Pipe the third row between the dots of the second row and below the dots from the 1st row so that a diamond pattern begins to appear.
    • Pipe the fourth row between the dots of the third row and below the dots of the second row to complete the diamond pattern.
  • Either mix up a batch or red water icing that will hold it’s shape when piped with a writing nozzle or colour any remaining white water icing red and replace in a clean piping bag.
    • use a straight edge to very faintly mark two lines for the letters to follow above the bow.
    • Pipe Christmas Wishes in the middle of the cake
  • Attach the ribbon around the bottom of the cake – if you use ins be sure to remove them before serving.

 

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Christmas Cranberry Wreath Bread with Baked Camembert and Cranberry Sauce

wreath bread 2I love making festive food and this is an idea I came up with based on a starter we used to have in our favorite restaurant before they changed the menu. The cranberry studded loaf has a jeweled look that’s perfect for a Christmas table and the hot cheese and warm bread are a perfect combination for cold winter nights. This is great as a starter for a dinner party, a casual supper or  buffet table. We chose to eat the bread while it was still warm but there’s no reason you couldn’t make it ahead of time. The cranberry sauce is also made in advance – in fact the sauce we had last night was from a freshly opened jar that I bottled last Christmas. I always make too much sauce for Christmas dinner so by bottling in sterile jars straight out of the dishwasher I get gorgeous cranberry sauce that keeps really well.

The plaiting in the bread was inspired by my attempt yesterday to do a fishtail braid in my daughter’s hair. I’d never done one before and had to watch a YouTube tutorial to see how it was done but it looked pretty simple so I thought it would look nice in the wreath bread I’d been planning. If you don’t have time simply twist the loaf to make a spiral and form into a circle but otherwise have a go – as long as you keep the strands separate from each  other it’s pretty straight forward.

To make the cranberry sauce:

You will need some (3 / 4) empty jam jars to pot the sauce in. They need to be completely sterile when the sauce is put in and them sealed immediately. The easiest way to sterilise the jam jars and lids is to wash them in the dishwasher. The heat from drying them in the dishwasher will also sterilise them. Simply time your sauce to be ready as your dishwasher finishes so that they are hot and sterile – be careful taking the jars out as they will be hot. (You can also sterilise in an oven if you don’t have a dishwasher).

wreath bread 3300g Fresh Cranberries

200g Castor Sugar

45ml Cointreau

50ml Orange juice

25ml water

  • Place all the ingredients in a small pan and stir until the sugar has dissolved into the liquid.
  • Cook on a medium heat until the cranberries are bursting and the sauce is a beautiful red colour.
  • While the sauce is still hot remove your sterilised jam jars and lids from the dishwasher and immediately spoon the sauce into the jars and tighten the lids.
  • Leave the jars to one side to cool then store in a cool dry place or in a fridge if you prefer – wait for the jars to be completely cool if placing in a fridge as the sudden temperature change could otherwise crack the glass.

 

To make the cranberry wreath bread:

500g strong white bread flour

1 sachet fast action dried yeast

10g salt

2 table spoons castor sugar

175ml whole milk

175ml water

100g chopped dried cranberries

1 beaten egg to glaze

  • Add the flour, yeast, sugar and salt to a large bowl and mix together  – place the salt on the opposite side from the yeast or the salt may denature the yeast.
  • Mix the milk and water together and heat for approx 30 seconds in a microwave until slightly warm. This will kick start the yeast respiration and allow the dough to prove slightly quicker.
  • Gradually stir the wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients until combined then turn out onto a floured surface and knead. (This can also be done with a dough hook in a free standing mixer.)
  • Continue to knead until the dough is smooth and elastic – about 10 minutes, then form into a ball and place in an oiled bowl covered with clingfilm.
  • Leave to prove for at least an hour until doubled in size.
  • Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knock it back to remove the excess air.
  • Knead the chopped cranberries into the dough so that they are evenly distributed.
    To plait the loaf:
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  • Roll out the dough into a rectangle about 25cm wide and as long as you can make it.
  • Starting about 2 cm below the top of the rectangle use a pizza wheel or knife to cut the rectangle in half lengthways (it should stay joined together at the top.
  • Cut each half in half again lengthways again starting about 2cm below the top. – you should now have 4 strips of dough.
  • Cut each of the 4 strips into 3 giving you 12 strips in total.
  • Divide the 12 strips of dough into two groups of 6.
  • Bring the outside strip from the left hand group across the left hand group and place it on the inside of the right hand group.
  • Bring the outside strip from the right hand group across the right hand group and place it on the inside of the left hand group.
  • Repeat these steps all the way down the plait – you will need to move the strips apart a few times to keep the groups clear and stop strips from sticking together.
  • Once the plait is complete press the ends together neatly.
  • The top of the plait has a section of dough which is not braided, roll this as flat as you can then bring the bottom of the plait round on top of this section to form a circle.
  • Place on a buttered and floured tray to prove for an hour – place something oven proof and circular that is the same size as your Camembert in the middle of the ring so that as it rises you keep a hole large enough for the cheese.
  • Turn on the oven to preheat to 190c
  • After the bread has finished it’s second prove use a pastry brush to glaze the top with the beaten egg and place in the preheated oven for 20 minutes until the top is golden brown and the base sounds hollow when tapped.
  • Place on a wire rack to cool.

To bake the Camembert:

  • Preheat the oven to 200c – ideally take the bread out when baked and turn the oven up.
  • Open the box and remove all other packaging from the cheese then place it back in the box leaving the lid off.
  • Drizzle the top with olive oil.
  • Place on tray and bake for 10 minutes or until the middle of the cheese is molten.
  • Remove from the oven and place in the middle of the warm bread on a bread board or serving plate.

Enjoy!

 

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White chocolate orange cake with dark chocolate topping

festive cake mainIt’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas so here’s a festive cake for anyone like me who isn’t a huge fan of the traditional Christmas cake. A light bundt cake with chocolate and orange flavours. Last year I made a Chocolate orange drizzle cake as a variation of the more common lemon drizzle cake and it was delicious so this year I thought I’d dry something along the same lines with a twist. This cake uses white chocolate in the cake itself and is topped with dark chocolate icing. It’s a simple cake with easy decoration but would look stunning a a centre-piece on any Christmas table.

The lovely people from Bakingmad.com sent me some goodies last week including the delicious Billington’s unrefined brown sugars and allinson fine flour. I used these along with Neilson-Massey Orange essence to make this festive altenative. If you’d prefer to have a go at a traditional chistmas cake Eric Lanlard’s recipe is great and can be found on their website here

I cooked my cake in a bundt cake mould – cooking times may vary in other tins.

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For the cake:

125g Castor sugar

125g Billington’s light muscavado sugar

250g Unsalted butter (softened)

4 large eggs (beaten)

250g Allinson’s self raising flour

3tsp Neilson-massey Orange essence

150g White chocolate (melted)

75ml Whole milk

 

For the icing:

200g Icing sugar

50ml Water

100g Dark Chocolate (melted)

White chocolate stars / white chocolate chips to decorate

White sugar pearls (optional)

 

Method:

For the cake:

  • Preheat your oven to 170c
  • Cream the softened butter and sugars in a free standing mixer.
  • Add the half the beaten eggs and a few spoonfuls of flour and continue to mix.
  • Add the remainder of the beaten egg and a few more spoonfuls of flour to stabilise the mixture.
  • Once the mixture is smooth reduce the mixer speed and add the remainder or the flour.
  • Add the orange essence and mix thoroughly.
  • Melt the white chocolate in a microwave or in a bowl over a pan or hot water. If using a microwave use 10 second bursts and stir the chocolate between each burst. Once most of the chocolate has melted remove the bowl from the microwave / heat and stir continuously until all the chocolate has melted.
  • Use a spatula or spoon to fold the melted white chocolate into the cake mix.
  • Stir in the milk until the batter is smooth.
  • Grease the bundt tin with butter making sure to cover the entire inside including any details.
  • Place a few spoonfuls of flour in the tin and tilt to cover the buttered surfaces with flour. This will stop the cake sticking in the tin.
  • Pour the cake batter into the bundt tin and bake at 170c for approx 35 minutes until a cake tester comes out clean – check several points around the cake to ensure it is cooked through.
  • Once cooked turn out the cake onto a wire rack to cool

For the topping:

  • Blend the icing sugar and water together
  • Melt the dark chocolate in a microwave or in a bowl over a pan or hot water. If using a microwave use 10 second bursts and stir the chocolate between each burst. Once most of the chocolate has melted remove the bowl from the microwave / heat and stir continuously until all the dark chocolate has melted.
  • Stir the melted chocolate into the icing and pour over the cake
  • Sprinkle white chocolate stars and white chocolate chips as decoration – you can also use white sugar pearls.

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November’s Celebration Cakes and Bakes with October’s Round up

cake1Halloween and Bonfire night are over – I hope everyone had fun trick or treating and watching firework displays. There were some fab spooky cakes submitted to last month’s Celebration Cakes and Bakes as well as some other special birthday cakes. As always thanks to everyone who joined in – I hope you have some special bakes to add again this month.

The first entry last month was a fabulous Rocky Horror cake that I came across on twitter one night – the  lettering is perfect and the theme instantly recognizable to anyone who’s seen the film or show. The cake was made by Michelle from the Purple Pumpkin Blog for an 18th birthday party.

Next came my own Room on the Broom Autumn cake – I have to say I was very proud of this cake – it used lots of different techniques from tempered chocolate to cinder toffee and has won me not one but two prizes! The first was a bottle of wine from the school fete and the second was some Viners bakeware thanks to the great blogger’s bake off final run by Jenny from Mummy Mishaps.

room on the broom chocolate cake details

The third entry was from Carole at Carole finds her wings and was an inventive Chocolate and blackberry cheesecake swirl. I love the mould she used (I acutally have the same one myself) and always like seeing how bundt cakes turn out.

Jenny from Mummy Mishaps linked up two lovely cakes this month, first a spooky Pumpkin Pinata Cake  filled with Halloween candy. Everything a little ghost or ghoul could desire!

 

Jenny’s second cake was an unusual take on the many Frozen themed cakes we’ve seen this year – a simple blue coloured snowball cake decorated with sugar pearls and mini snowflakes. I love that it’s such a simple idea but still instantly recognisable as a Frozen themed cake.

Jen at Bakearama linked up the brightly coloured Sprinkles and Checkerboard Cake that she made to celebrate the 3rd birthday of Derby’s Clandestine Cake Club – I love the idea of these clubs but sadly my local one always seems to meet on Thursdays which is the night I go to dance class. This cake sounds so refreshing with the citrus and raspberry flavours.

Finally we have a Honey and Date roll with a lime filling from Winnie at Winnie’s Blog. As always this looks stunning and is a very inventive flavour combination.

November’s Celebration Cakes and Bakes linky is now open – I’d love to see any Halloween of early Christmas bakes that you’ve made – or any birthday / celebration cakes!

If you have a cake or bake to link up please join in the linky below. The rules are simple:

You must have made the bake yourself – no buying from the local cake shop.

It must be a post about making the bake – it doesn’t have to be a full on recipe but it does need to be in the spirit of the thing.

It doesn’t need to be a new post it could be one from last year, but if it’s a seasonal celebration bake it should be appropriate – so no Easter cakes at Christmas, save them for springtime.

Posts must include the Celebration Cakes & Bakes badge (grab the code below)

Please comment on a few of the other entries – remember linkys only work if you spread the linky love!

That’s it everything else is optional.

If you follow me on twitter @jaisee_mummy and tweet me with the hashtag #CelebrationCakesAndBakes I will retweet any entries that I see.

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